The victory is only partial – but it is a victory nonetheless. On Monday, Aug. 15, a Delaware court ordered Twitter to “collect, assess and produce material” on the social network’s former product manager Kayvon Beykpour.
Elon Musk’s lawyers had initially requested documents from 22 employees and “conservatives” of the firm – in order to verify the official data of the social network that the entrepreneur is trying to put in default to untie his takeover offer at 44 billions of dollars.
Elon Musk to obtain documents on ex-Twitter exec
Note that at this stage the Twitter vs. Elon Musk trial has not officially started. The hearings will not begin until October 17, 2022. Nevertheless, in the United States, the lawyers of the two parties are encouraged to meet beforehand and find common ground.
In the event that the two parties reach an agreement before October 17, the passage before the judge will not even be necessary. Nevertheless, the offensive posture of Elon Musk’s lawyers risks complicating the resolution of this conflict amicably.
Indeed, the latter seek nothing less than to challenge each of Twitter’s arguments to better allow Elon Musk to untie himself from the takeover agreement he has yet signed. In addition, the entrepreneur’s lawyers have filed a separate motion to obtain more data on Twitter users and the social network’s analysis methods.
But the heart of the conflict remains the same: Twitter claims that the proportion of fake accounts or spam accounts does not exceed 5% of site users. While Elon Musk claims that this proportion is much higher.
Kayvon Beykpour was initially to launch new tools on the social network, such as Super Follows, live listening rooms called Spaces and newsletters called Revue. However, on May 12, Parag Argawal decided to dismiss Kayvon Beykpour “after notifying [ce dernier] that he wanted to take the social network in another direction”explains the interested party in a post.
By obtaining confidential documents from this ex-employee, Elon Musk’s lawyers could weaken Twitter’s position. Whether this strategy will actually work remains to be seen.